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State tax collector criticized for opposing rural fire fee of $150

SACRAMENTO (AP) - One of California's top elected tax collectors is facing criticism for his high-profile campaign to block a controversial fee that Democratic leaders say he and the state board he serves are responsible for collecting, not opposing.

September 12, 2012 | | State


Brown signs California pension reform bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law sweeping pension changes that will save California taxpayers billions of dollars in the future and aims to reform a system that is woefully underfunded.

September 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

FARMERS CRITICIZE HIGH-SPEED RAIL PLAN: SACRAMENTO (AP) - San Joaquin Valley farmers have told the California High-Speed Rail Authority that they are opposed to the planned transportation line.

September 12, 2012 | | State


Father accused of taking 2 kids speaks out

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - A California man accused of kidnapping his two children and taking them on a stolen yacht for three days said Tuesday that he knew he had "gone crazy" but never endangered them.

September 12, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

GOVERNOR SAYS HE'S REDUCING DYSFUNCTION: SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says he's made significant progress in reducing decades of dysfunction in California government.

September 11, 2012 | | State


Bakersfield landlord to pay $2M in sex lawsuit

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A landlord has agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging he traded housing benefits for sex and retaliated against women who refused his advances, federal officials said Tuesday.

September 11, 2012 | | State


8 infants exposed to TB at hospital

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Eight infants were exposed to tuberculosis at the neonatal intensive care unit of a Sacramento hospital, but health officials said Tuesday it's unlikely the babies will contract the disease.

September 11, 2012 | | State


2-year colleges alter registration policy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's community colleges are reorienting their registration system to give priority to students who are focused on earning a degree or transferring to a four-year college.

September 11, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Gilroy fire chief resigns after alcohol sting

September 11, 2012 | | State


Heavy rain floods parts of south Coachella Valley

SANTA ANA (AP) - An overnight thunderstorm that dropped more than the average annual rainfall on parts of California's Coachella Valley in one night alone caused flooding at two mobile home parks, forced road closures and dampened an elementary school, officials said Tuesday.

September 11, 2012 | | State


Parents decry crackdown on LA charters

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dozens of parents with children in charter schools on Tuesday protested a proposal before the Los Angeles Unified School Board to declare a moratorium on new charter schools and tighten oversight of existing ones.

September 11, 2012 | | State


Library cards may be used as illegal immigrant ID for LA services, banks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Illegal immigrants in California's largest city could use library cards to open bank accounts and access an array of city services under a plan being considered by city officials.

September 11, 2012 | | State


Experts say fake bomb used in Calif. bank robbery

MORENO VALLEY (AP) - Bomb squad experts concluded Tuesday that the suspicious box an armed bank robber left at a Moreno Valley bank was a fake bomb.

September 11, 2012 | | State


Court blocks San Francisco cellphone warning law

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court blocked implementation of San Francisco's cellphone radiation warning law pending the outcome of an industry challenge.

September 11, 2012 | | State


209 News

WIDOW FILES CLAIM IN MODESTO EVICTION SHOOTING: MODESTO (AP) - The widow of a locksmith who was killed along with a Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputy while serving an eviction notice says authorities should have done more to protect her husband.

September 11, 2012 | | State


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Stockton bank robber linked to 2 other heists

STOCKTON - Police in Stockton confirmed Sunday that a bank robber killed in a recent police shootout and hostage situation was among those suspected in an earlier heist at the same bank branch.

July 21, 2014 | | State


Drought hinders clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.

July 20, 2014 | | State


California man who co-authored Manson book dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Curt Gentry, a San Francisco writer who co-authored "Helter Skelter," the true crime classic chronicling the Charles Manson case, has died at the age of 83.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Bus becomes shower for SF homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fire prevention citations applied unevenly throughout California

SACRAMENTO, (AP) - Gary Bennett spent much of the last three decades preparing his property in Napa County for the day when a wildfire would sweep over the hill, including clearing brush and grass around his three-bedroom home in a scenic canyon 85 miles north of San Francisco.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Wrong-way crash kills three on I-210 in SoCal

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (AP) - Police say a car going the wrong way on the 210 Freeway crashed into another vehicle in Rancho Cucamonga, killing three people and seriously injuring two others.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Man drowns in lake near Fresno

FRESNO (AP) - Authorities say they've recovered the body of a swimmer who drowned in a Central California lake.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Public outcry in Thousand Oaks after trees felled for mall project

THOUSAND OAKS (AP) - The city of Thousand Oaks has lost some of its namesake trees, and community activists are determined to see it doesn't happen again.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Fontana tore sells $60 million ticket

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold at a store in San Bernardino County matches all six numbers in this weekend's drawing to win $60 million.

July 20, 2014 | | State


Tribe rejects offer from Redskins group

NEEDLES (AP) - Representatives of a foundation run by the owner of the Washington Redskins traveled to an American Indian reservation straddling the Arizona-California border this week to talk about financing projects aimed at preserving language and culture and curbing suicides among youth.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Brown signs laws imposing tighter gun rules

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed two bills into law that are intended to tighten controls on gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and people who have been confined due to mental health issues.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Perez ends controller recount

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Assembly Speaker John Perez on Friday called off the vote recount he requested in the race for state controller after a week of vote-counting in two California counties yielded only eight additional votes in his favor.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Ag chief visits water-starved families

TULARE (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

July 18, 2014 | | State


FPPC fines former Turlock councilman

TURLOCK (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

July 18, 2014 | | State


Investment training for pension board

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday that he has signed a bill requiring board members of California's public pension fund to receive investment-related training every two years, even though the fund already requires such education.

July 18, 2014 | | State


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